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Pakistan suspends second rail link to India

August 9, 2019
Pakistan suspends second rail link to India
Pakistan is suspending its another rail link with India, the Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed announced while addressing a press conference on Friday. Samjhauta Express, which runs from Lahore to Attari, has already been discontinued. 

“I am closing its operations of Thar Express and there is no one to stop me,” he remarked.

The train takes passengers from Karachi to Jodhpur through the Munabao-Khokhrapar border.

Thar Express was started in 2006 with the aim to facilitate people-to-people. The agreement was later extended to January 31, 2021.

Related: Sheikh Rasheed permanently discontinues Samjhauta Express  

On Thursday, Rasheed that he is permanently discontinuing the Samjhauta Express. The train only operates on Mondays and Thursdays and takes passengers from Lahore to Attari.

“The bogies of the Samjhauta Express will be attached to special Eid trains,” said the federal minister during a press conference on Thursday. “This will increase the capacity of Eid trains and more people will be able to travel in them.”

Security arrangements across Pakistan have been tightened in light of tensions between the two neighbouring countries after India revoked Kashmir’s special status as an autonomous state.

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    Ahmad   August 9, 2019 6:22 pm/ Reply

    Sheikh Rashid first need to answer his utter incompetence for dozens of railway accidents and hundreds of deaths under his administration. This foul mouthed guy is not even worthy to be a sweeper and is made a minister. I will not vote for PTI for giving so much importance to this unworthy person.

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    Mr T Zaman   August 11, 2019 9:06 am/ Reply

    Mr Rashid well done for taking this great initiative by suspending the train service to India by taking this great positive action you have enlightened the Pakistani community world wide furthermore you will definitely be remembered in history for standing up to the enemy of Pakistan.

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